Brian is the editor at large of Edible East End, Edible Long Island, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. He writes from his home in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family tend a home garden and oysters. He is also obsessed with ducks, donuts and dumplings.

Dennis McDermott in the Riverhead Project

Riverhead Renaissance

Where some might see a defunct bank building, Dennis McDermott sees a path lined with grapevines, a double-sided fireplace, the marble floor he’s always wanted (but couldn’t afford), a bank vault that doubles as a speakeasy-like cocktail bar and private dining room, and crowds of people lounging outdoors, Palm Springs-style, while supping on tapas, oysters and other casual comestibles.